Elephanticide

“Zimbabwe has recently reaffirmed its pledge to export more young elephants to foreign buyers, and added that ‘culling’– mass slaughter — is another option under consideration.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0417-montoro-zimbabwe-elephants.html)

That being preferable to being sold as parts on ebay. (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/21/illegal-trade-in-endangered-wildlife-thriving-on-ebay-despite-controls)

Thankfully those Dickensian days when we used to sell organs for cash or whole people into slavery and send children away to school are long gone. Er…

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Pachydermination

“Hwange [national park, Zimbabwe] has too many elephants – 43,000 in a park capable of supporting 15,000 … But elephants could sell for up to $60,000 (£39,000) each to help the $2.3m annual running costs of the park.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/09/zimbabwe-defends-plan-to-sell-27-elephants-to-china)

The ‘over-abundant’ elephants of South Africa’s Kruger national park have previously been threatened with culling, while Kenya is haemorrhaging them to poachers. What they need is a wildlife corridor, or trunk road.